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Tozer, A. W. (1897–1963)

  1. Paul L. King

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1399

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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King, P. L. 2011. Tozer, A. W. (1897–1963). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Born in 1897 in Pennsylvania, Aiden Wilson Tozer was converted at the age of 17 by a lay preacher at a street meeting. He attended the Methodist Church and was baptized in Church of the Brethren before he became ordained with The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He served as a pastor for 44 years in Stonewood and Morgantown, West Virginia; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Toronto, Ontario. A prolific writer, he became editor of Alliance Life for 13 years. He served as Vice President of the C&MA 1946–1950, but declined the presidency of the denomination. His writings and teachings have had an immense impact on the lives of thousands of Christians. His classic The Pursuit of God (1948), urging being passionate for God himself, has sold more than 1.5 million copies and been translated into 20 languages. It was chosen by Christianity Today readers as one of the top ten most spiritually influential books. Known for his incisive writing to issues of the times, more than 40 volumes of his writings and sermons have been published. The Divine Conquest (1950) and The Knowledge of the Holy (1961) also became classics.


  • Tozer, A. W. (1897–1963);
  • C&MA;
  • vernacular literacy, bridge to national language of Spanish